10/25/2004 - Virtio Corporation, the creator of Virtual Platforms for embedded software development, introduced its latest product offering for the Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP® platform, the VPOM-2420 Virtual Platform. This product provides fast, full-function emulation for TI's OMAP2420 software development platform. Virtual Platforms give software developers a target system model that can boot an operating system and run application code long before hardware becomes available, speeding new system software development.
Filip Thoen, chief technology officer for Virtio, noted, “Our Virtual Platforms take simulation to a level software developers need in terms of speed and capability. The ability to run and test full system software without waiting for hardware availability gets products to market faster and improves the difficult task of embedded software development and integration.” Thoen adds that customer experience shows a productivity improvement of 2x to 5x compared to traditional development practices.
“The Virtio Virtual Platform is a superb tool for pre-silicon development, which allows software developers to test software more rapidly and to reduce development times,” said Paul Werp, TI Director of Marketing, Cellular Systems. “TI has been using Virtio extensively and has found the platform provides advantages in software development time.”
The VPOM-2420 Virtual Platform uses a combination of C-code, graphical modeling and transaction-based modeling to replicate the full functionality of TI's OMAP2420 Software Development Platform in a PC-based simulation. This functionality includes the operation of the processors; the display, keypad, touchscreen subsystems; the daughter cards; and system I/O. Through Virtio's Virtual I/O technology, developers can connect real-world peripherals such as a USB camera through the host processor and simulate other peripherals on the Virtual Platform, such as MMC modules containing application code.
The VPOM-2420 Virtual Platform supports standard operating systems such as Symbian OS and MontaVista Linux and can execute binary code files that target the OMAP2420 platform. In addition, the platform integrates with essential software development tools such as Code Composer Studio and the ARM development tools. The Virtual Platform has been tested against TI's validation suites and OS board support packages to ensure complete compatibility.
The VPOM-2420 Virtual Platform gives software developers a jumpstart in creating and debugging both system and applications code for the OMAP2420, but its utility continues even when hardware becomes available. All of Virtio?s Virtual Platforms provide developers with insight into the internal operations of processor cores and peripheral hardware in ways that hardware-oriented debugging tools cannot. Developers can examine and modify the state of internal registers and buffers that are unreachable by externally-attached hardware probes. In addition, unlike hardware-based tools, developers can control the behavior of all processors simultaneously; through activities such as setting breakpoints in one processor that then halting the execution of the entire system. These exceptional levels of visibility and control within a multiprocessor device make the Virtual Platform an ideal tool for finding and resolving complex software problems.
Pricing and Availability
Virtio's VPOM-2420 Virtual Platform pricing starts at $2,488 USD and is immediately available. The VPOM-2420 Platform Development Kit is also available for users who need to modify the Virtual Platform. Contact Virtio for pricing.
Additional information is available at www.virtio.com/vpom-2420and evaluation copies of the platform are on-line at www.virtio.com/download.
Virtio powers dramatic gains in software development by delivering early access to fast, full-function software emulation of embedded devices. Virtio is based in Campbell, California in the U.S.A with development centers at Campbell and the Alba Centre, Livingston, Scotland. Additional information about Virtio is available at www.virtio.com.
Virtio is a trademark of Virtio Corp.
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